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Probably 'high silver (peak)'1
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The Silvertine

Map of Zirakzigil
Zirakzigil and its surrounding geography (partially conjectural)

Prominent peaks of the Misty Mountains

The Mountains of Moria

The Dwarves' name for the mountain also called Celebdil or Silvertine, above the Dwarf-kingdom of Khazad-dûm. On its peak stood Durin's Tower, and this was the site of the final battle between Gandalf and Durin's Bane.



Zigil is known to be the Dwarvish word for 'silver', but the meaning of zirak is uncertain. Mannish tine refers to a high point or peak; it is probably a fair assumption that the Khuzdul word has a similar meaning. Zirak does appear in one other place, as a title or surname of Gamil the teacher of Telchar, so it probably carries the more general meaning of 'high' or 'tall'.

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